Word: beau geste
plural beaux gestes (bo ZHEST)
noun: A gracious, but often meaningless, gesture.
From French, literally fine gesture. Earliest documented use: 1920.
“An effective encore doesn’t risk becoming an empty beau geste; it is an emotional p.s. somehow relating to the mood of the written program.”
Peter Dobrin; Applauding the Orchestra for Offering Encores; The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania); Jan 15, 2011.
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